Wet Felting Slippers with Elise Kyllo


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Date:  October 31 – Nov. 1, 2020 (2-day)

9 am – 4 pm daily

Note:  This class will be held on-campus,  in-person, with mask wearing and social distancing required.  To see a complete list of what students may expect when they arrive at Folklore Village, please view HERE.

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced

Class Registration Fee:  $160.00

Make your winter cozy with a pair of colorful felted wool slippers! Using the ancient no-knit, wet felting (seamless resist) technique we will make a pair of durable and warm slippers or short pull ups. We will begin with a small wet felting – a practical cell phone case, small bag or a sculptural piece in order to learn the basic skills, make any mistakes on a smaller scale, and to gain confidence in the process – and then jump into your individualized slippers. It’s a simple, almost magical technique that transforms fluffy wool into a durable thick material that will be sculpted to the owner’s foot through patient, energetic agitation. We will also discuss options for adding soles. 

Materials fee: (Paid directly to instructor during class):  $25 base fee; additional fee for thicker, larger slippers.

Students need to bring the following supplies:

Wear comfortable shoes; bring two large towels, a sponge, a bowl to hold water, a bag to put your wet slippers in, bubble wrap with small bubbles if you have pieces larger than 2’x2′. I avoid buying bubble wrap and support you also in not purchasing new bubble wrap. IF you have some bring it, otherwise I will provide! An old fashioned wash board is useful but optional.

Elise Kyllo grew up in South Minneapolis but immediately after college she discovered a love for the wilderness while guiding BWCA trips from the end of the Gunflint Trail. This experience ultimately led her back to Grand Marais and to North House Folk School where she has been living the life of an artist, felting instructor, and gardener. Somewhere along the way, wool as an artistic medium entered her life and replaced the paints, clay, and inks, with a desire to create things of beauty and usefulness with wool. 

“It’s somewhat of a mystery as to how I fell in love with wool, but undoubtedly it’s the close connection to the land, the sustainability of fiber from sheep, and magically transforming wool into an endless list of things with just water, soap, and patient agitation. Felting is completely intoxicating and never, ever dull. There is joy, playfulness and happy surprises when working with wool, which I love to share with others.”

Elise shows you how it’s done: